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Can I refill my black ink cartridge with colour ink?

Usually yes. It is suggested that the cartridge is flushed out with cleaning solution several times prior to refilling with the correct ink.

Is it difficult to refill an inkjet cartridge?

No. The refill kits are designed with detailed instructions and easy to use tools

How many times can I fill my cartridge?

It depends on the cartridge. Many cartridges are simply reservoirs and can be refilled many times as there are no parts that wear. Cartridges with built-in printheads typically can be refilled 3 - 6 times without affecting the print quality.

It also depends on a number of other factors.

Crucial among these is (1) keeping the ink flowing i.e. not allowing the ink to dry out in the print head. On the majority of non piezo printers (HP Lex Canon) when the ink runs out and the user continues to try printing, continued use results in permanent & irreversible printhead damage. (2) Less serious but nonetheless important is not to leave the printhead exposed to air. If an empty cartridge is removed from a printer the print head should ideally be protected from air by covering it with a tape to prevent drying out. A cartridge well looked after can be successfully refilled many times - contrary to what some makers say. The key is to keep the ink flowing by "topping up" and not to allow it to "run out".

Many cartridges are simply reservoirs and can be refilled many times as there are no parts that wear. Cartridges with built-in printheads typically can be refilled 3 - 6 times without affecting the print quality.

Cartridges with a built-in printhead will wear for a number of reasons but the life of these cartridges can be prolonged by frequently topping up rather than allow the cartridge to run completely out of ink.

Can I use the same ink to refill different types of cartridges?

No. Each type of printer functions in a slightly different manner . As a result each ink is developed to suit a particular printer and has different properties such as the size of the colour pigment which can block the printhead if put into the wrong cartridge.

Is the quality of the ink that ProPrint supplies as good as the original?

All the inks are made to OEM standards and designed to perform as good as the original ink.

Will I save much by refilling?

With our Bulk Refill Kits you can expect to save around 75%. E.g. a HP C8727ae No 27  10mL black cartridge costs say £18.00 - 60ml matching black pigment ink cost £5.99 - 6 fills therefore refill cost can be as low as £1.00 per cartridge! (We recommend that you start with our made to match refill kit as it includes special tools - The first kit costs £11 and is equivalent to 4 x 10mL fills - £2.50 per fill)

What do I get in a refill kit?

The refill kits are manufactured by InkTec and contains the ink, the tools and detailed instructions for refilling the cartridge. The only other item you need is the cartridge from your printer.

Where should I fill my cartridge?

Fill the cartridge in a "wet" area such as over a sink or lay newspaper down on the surface where you are filling so that any drops can be absorbed. This is a precaution we particularly give for new refillers. Once you get some practice you should not spill any drops of ink.

to make the process simple. Typically it takes about 5 minutes to refill a cartridge once you get the hang of it.

How do I get ink off my fingers?

A mild solution of bleach and water will remove the ink. (ie 1 part bleach and 9 parts water.)

Will refilling void my warranty?

Printer manufacturers want you to continue to buy new cartridges and are concerned about what you may refill the cartridge with. If the cartridge is filled with solvents this can damage both the cartridge and the printer. An ink that is not designed to be used in a particular printer can cause the printhead to block. The ink we supply is identical in properties to the manufacturers ink. Should you have a problem with the printer you should replace the cartridge with a new one so that the dealer has no reason to try and void your warranty.

Can I buy bulk ink?

Yes. You will save even more money once you have the tools to refill your cartridge. This is very relevant for those with a colour cartridges. As you refill these you will find that depending on the type of printing you are doing you will use one colour more than the others. As a benefit you can purchase a single colour rather than purchasing all three.

Is delivery free?

Delivery is free for refill kits and bulk ink. For orders overseas please contact us for a quote.

I have refilled my Epson cartridge and have put it back in the printer but the "out of ink" light will not turn off?

Leaving your printer on take the cartridge out and re-instal it. This will then switch the light off.

What Guarantees do I have in dealing with ProPrint?

ProPrint (established last century - 1997) is dedicated to offering quality refill kits and inks at very competitive prices.

Only premium quality inks supplied

Goods are sent the same day as we receive the order in most cases

Free delivery in the UK and only charge the cost to us for shipping elsewhere

The following tips are put together to help you with refilling and prolong the life of your cartridge.

Read the Instructions

It may sound simple, however, the instructions are simple to follow so long as you read them carefully. Many problems are overcome by reference to these instructions.

Keep Cartridges (with printheads as part of the cartridge) Topped Up

Cartridges with printheads as part of the cartridge will normally have their life extended by regularly topping up rather than letting them run dry before refilling. This is because the resistors that direct the printhead to fire the ink through the printhead become exposed to the air when the cartridge is near empty causing them to overheat and this will reduce their efficiency or fail

Gently Shake the Bottle of Ink Prior to Refilling

To ensure uniform distribution of the pigment you should gently shake the bottle of ink prior to each refilling session.

Dried Out Cartridges

Cartridges should not be allowed to dry out as this may cause a blockage due to dried ink in the printhead resulting in streaky printing. Cartridges should always be topped up and if stored out of printer, the printhead (where it is part of the cartridge) should be kept moist such as occurs when stored in the manufacturers storage box. If you do not have one of these you can keep the printhead moist by placing insulation tape over the printhead ink outlet.

Recovering Blocked Cartridges (those with built in printheads)

It is sometimes possible to recover a cartridge which has a printhead that has blocked up. By placing the printhead part of the cartridge in a saucer containing 50% boiling water and 50% bleach for three minutes this should hydrate dried ink to allow the ink to flow through the printhead. It is preferable to do this when the cartridge is empty and then put a small volume of ink into the cartridge to test the print quality. This should be followed by inserting the cartridge into the printer and running the printer through its printhead cleaning cycle. Note that this procedure can only be performed a few times as the cartridge may be affected by the hot water.

You should also be aware that cartridges do eventually wear out and when you get a severe blockage you will need to get a new cartridge.

Pressure Equalization

When a cartridge is refilled it changes the equilibrium inside and may need time to adjust. It is good practice to stand the cartridge on some newspaper for 15 minutes to equalize. This is often the case with some Epson cartridges which can take up to a day to equilibrate but are generally O.K. in less than half an hour.

Leaking Cartridges

NEVER put a leaking cartridge into your printer!
Refer back to your instructions and check you have used the correct procedure and take some ink out of the cartridge and wait until it stops leaking. Overfilling is the main cause for leakage. In the case of certain Hewlett Packard blacks pressurization is important.

The following tips are put together to help you with refilling and prolong the life of your cartridge.

From BBC News website

Old-fashioned ink is considerably cheaper, in some cases it may be cheaper, to buy a new printer rather than replace the ink cartridge, a survey has found.

The price of inkjet printers has come down to as little as £34 but it could cost up to £1,700 in running costs over an 18-month period, a study by Computeractive Magazine has revealed.

Consumers are at risk of being ripped off, said editor Dylan Armbrust. "Replacement cartridges may cost as much or more than the cost of the printer," he said.

'Ripped off'
The inkjet printer market has been the subject of an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which concluded in a 2002 report that retailers and manufacturers needed to make pricing more transparent for consumers.

The Computeractive investigation looked at printers from the big four manufacturers, Canon, Epson, HP and Lexmark.

Canon i560 - £129; cost of ownership over 18 months - £1029
Epson C44UX - £49; cost of ownership over 18 months - £1157
HP Deskjet 5150 - £89; cost of ownership over 18 months - £708
Lexmark z605 - £40; cost of ownership over 18 months - £1775

"Well over a year later our results suggest that consumers are still at serious risk of being ripped off," said Mr Armbrust.

The average life of a black ink and colour cartridge was calculated, as was the cost per page of printing.

The cost of the ink was a big factor in driving costs up. Ink cartridges vary in both price and the amount of time they last, from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Responding to the survey, Lexmark said the research was flawed because it did not compare like with like.

"We estimate people will purchase around two cartridges per year. Customers who want to print a large amount should quite rightly look beyond just the ticket price," said a statement from the firm.

Canon said it could not comment on the survey because it had not seen it, but added that the cost of printers and cartridges reflected the amount of money the company spent on research and development.

Last summer a report by Which? Magazine found that some printer ink cost more per millilitre than vintage champagne.

It is recommended people use generic cartridges which are often half the price of branded products.

Your inkjet cartridge contains much more than ink—it contains an integrated circuit, much like a mini-computer, precisely routing signals to the correct ink nozzles with exact timing. This is important because of what is actually going on inside that cartridge. The cartridge puts ink on your page by creating 40,000 “boiling points” per second, each producing heat up to seven times hotter than the sun for 2 millionths of a second. These boiling points push ink from over 400 nozzles in your cartridge onto your printed page. All of this takes precise instructions delivered at even faster speeds, to ensure delivery of that perfect printed page.

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